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Greenville bar owner loses liquor license after reports of violence

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A Greenville bar owner lost his liquor license after police leveled serious accusations.

9 On Your Side's investigation really started when the Skyy Bar lost its liquor license Tuesday because of repeated criminal activities that have happened there.

9 On Your Side obtained a copy of the official notice of rejection to the bar owner, Keith Frizzell, from the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

It says after a prior warnings, Frizzell failed to stop violence from happening at his bar.

It specifically mentions two recent incidents this month: an assault where a woman stabbed another woman with a broken beer bottle, and a report of shots fired and numerous fights just last weekend.

"Fights, crowd control, gunfire, assaults, and then the next day, the surrounding businesses have had to deal with trash and bottles, cars in the parking lot that have been left overnight. It's just been a general nuisance as well as a general safety hazard for our community," said Joe Friday of the Greenville Police.

Friday says his department's officers respond to the bar on a weekly basis.

"We're having to dedicate resources every week to just one location and it's not fair to the rest of the city," he says. "If an officer is here and people are firing guns, that tells me that there's no regard at all for the public safety."

Surrounding business owners say the bar is a public nuisance, as it's patrons consistently park, drink and litter on their property.

9 On Your Side talked with Frizzell Wednesday. He did not want to do an on-camera interview, but he told us he feels police are targeting him.

Police say their concern is well beyond that.

"The next thing you know an innocent person totally unrelated to the situation gets injured, could be possibly killed," Friday says.

9 On Your Side also obtained official documents that show the city has also filed a judgment against Frizzell for failing and refusing to "comply with the notices to abate the nuisances as defined by the City Code." The documents list several rental properties across the city he has failed to maintain. His total debt: $15,114.10.


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